Clearly no one running Guantanamo Bay is winning points for their humanity, but they’ve been using music as a method of torture and some bands are not going to take it. Apparently the song “March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails was one of the tracks played repeatedly at loud decibels in an attempt to wear down prisoners so they’d give up information, which not only shows the disgusting character of some soldiers but also puts their bad taste in music on blast. (To be honest, definitely rocked that song repeatedly at loud decibels in seventh grade.) Today NIN, REM and Pearl Jam announced their support for the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, and REM stated “We have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice. To now learn that some of our friends’ music may have been used as part of the torture tactics without their consent or knowledge is horrific. It’s anti-American, period.” And while we’re wondering if it really took finding out their friends’ music was being desecrated to officially oppose the prison—really dogs?—any proactive musicians using their celebrity to stand up for human rights deserve props. So, props dudes.
NIN Used as Torture?
POSTED October 22, 2009 1:42PM IN THE TRIPWIRE